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Applying to Christian Theological Seminary

CTS has options for degrees, certificates or individual courses. The application process varies, depending on your goals. Click on the blue tabs below to learn how to take your first step toward becoming a CTS student.

Apply for a Degree

Ready to take the first step in pursuing an advanced or graduate degree? We’re excited you’re considering CTS. Complete the form below to request an application for admission.

To complete the application, you’ll need three academic / professional references, formal transcripts from all of the colleges you have attended, a passport-quality, color headshot and a personal statement (up to 700 words). The application will save your answers, so that you may return to it for completion and submission.

Request an application
Process
  • Complete the online form.
  • Check your inbox for an email from CTS. The email will include a personalized link to your online application.
    Helpful Tip: Keep this email as it will be the easiest way to return to your application.

Contact Admissions Office with questions.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022 deadline: November 15, 2021
Fall 2022 deadline: TBA

Note: In light of COVID-19, we are currently waiving the $50 Masters / Doctor of Ministry application fee and $100 PhD application fee.

Hours and Fees

Single Degree: 30-72 hours
Dual Degree: 96-111 hours

Fees: $710 per credit hour plus associated fees

Apply for a Certificate

If you are interested in furthering your knowledge in a special area of study without pursuing an advanced degree, then our certificate program may be the ideal option. To apply for our certificate program, create an account to begin the application process.

Process
  • Sign up for an account and fill out the application.
    Helpful Tip: You can sign in again to finalize and submit your application.

Contact Admissions Office with questions.

Application Deadlines

Deadline: Rolling

No application fee.

Hours and Fees

Certificate: 18 hours

Fees: $355 per credit hour

Considering Individual Courses?

If you would like to audit a course in order to expand your knowledge in a certain area of study, we offer that opportunity as well. While not all courses are available for audit, we have a wide selection from which to choose. To confirm if a course is available for auditing, contact the Registrar at 317-931-2382.

CTS also allows for credit enrollment in individual courses on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Registrar at 317-931-2382 to discuss your needs.

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Process
  • Contact Registrar to discuss your enrollment. Some courses are not available for auditing. The Registrar can be reached at 317-931-2382.
Application Deadlines

Deadline: Rolling

No application fee.

Hours and Fees

Individual Course: 3-6 hours

Fees: $355 per credit hour when enrollment is for credit; $178 per credit hour when enrollment is for auditing

Admission FAQs

What is the deadline for completing my application?

All Masters Level Degree Programs:
Fall Admission Deadline: June 15 (Extended to July 15 for the Fall 2021 semester)
Spring Admission Deadline: November 15

Doctor of Ministry Degree:
Fall Admission Deadline (no spring admission): June 15

Where do I direct questions about financial aid?

Please email Robert Fisher, Director of Student Operations, at rfisher@cts.edu.

How long does it take to complete a degree program?

On average, it takes 3-3.5 years to complete the MDiv, CMHC and MFT degrees and 4.5 years for dual degree programs. The MTS is usually completed in 2 years, and the DMin in 3.5 years.

Do you offer online classes?

Outside of this unprecedented time when all classes have moved online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, most courses are offered on the CTS campus.

Where can I find the course schedule?

You can find the course schedule here.

What does a full schedule look like per semester?

9 credit hours per semester (3 courses) is considered full-time, while taking less than 9 credits is considered part-time.

Can I transfer credits from other institutions?

This may be possible on an individual basis in conversation with Admissions and a faculty advisor.

Do I fill out an application if I’m interested in lifelong learning or a certificate program?

There is a separate non-degree application for lifelong learning, as well as one for certificate programs.

  • Contact the Registrar to discuss individual courses for lifelong learning. Some courses are not available for audit.
  • Contact the Registrar to discuss individual courses for credit.
  • Certificate program application

4

master’s degree
programs

3

dual degree
programs

2

doctoral
programs

161

total students
(spring 2020)

CTS became free-standing
seminary in

1958

Nearly

7000

counseling sessions
provided in 2020